Barber County Kansas
JULY 28, 1828 - APR. 16, 1914
MARY A., HIS WIFE
JAN. 28, 1832 - JAN. 28, 1915
Detail of the gravestone for Archable and Mary A. Feltner.
Lake City Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas.
At the top of the stone is an image of a dove carrying a ribbon with the words "Rest In Peace" on it.
Photo courtesy of Kim Fowles.
A. Feltner died at an early hour at his home in this city last Thursday morning, April 16, 1914. The cause of death was heart disease.
Mr. Feltner retired early on Wednesday night. He complained of a slight pain in his side but said it was not especially annoying. As late as 11 o'clock his daughter, Mrs. Julia Mathews, called at his room and found him sleeping well, which was the last time he was seen alive. In the morning, after Mrs. Mathews arose and prepared breakfast as was her usual custom to do, she called at the door of her father's room, but received no response. She then went to his bedside and found him cold in death. The shock to Mrs. Mathews can better be imagined than described. She notified Mrs. Feltner, who occupied another room, and then summoned Dr. Coleman. Dr. Coleman examined the body and stated that Mr. Feltner had been dead several hours and had passed away without the least pain or struggle. His eyes were closed and he evidently had not awakened after falling to sleep early in the night.
The funeral services were held at the M. E church at 10 o'clock A. M., on Friday, conducted by Rev. H. W. Cummings, and were concluded at the Lake City Cemetery where other members of the family sleep. Rev. A. G. Mullin of Lake City conducted the services at the grave.
Archibald Feltner was born in Virginia, July 28, 1825; died in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, April 16, 1914, aged 85 years, 8 months and 18 days. He was married to Miss Mary A. Winters on June 23, 1851. It is remarkable that on the 23rd day of next June this aged couple would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. To this union have been born eleven children. Four died during infancy, three died later in life and four are still living. They are Mrs. Mary Brown and Archibald Feltner of Greenup, Illinois, Mrs. Mattie Kinchloe of Stone City, Colorado and Mrs. Julia Mathews of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. They also have twenty grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren.
The deceased leaves a brother who lives in Oklahoma City, who, with this aged wife, and her children and grandchildren mourn the departure of one loved so dearly for a long life.
Mr. Feltner was converted in early life and joined the Methodist church. Twenty seven years ago at Lake City he renewed his covenant with the Lord and the church and has lived a consistent Christian life since that time.
Mr. Feltner has lived in Barber county more than thirty years and has always enjoyed the confidence and good will of our people. He was a man of a strong personality and a most excellent citizen and has lived to a good purpose into a ripe old age. Would that we all could leave such a noble record when our work on earth is done.
The Barber County Index, February 3, 1915.
Mary A. (Winters) FeltnerGone to her Eternal Reward
After a heroic measure of strength against attacks of the Reaper whom we call Death, Mrs. Mary A. Feltner was relieved from her affliction of more than six months, at 5:45 A. M. Thursday, January 28th, and triumphantly passed from the transitory life to the life eternal to enter into the full enjoyment of a heritage which a long faithful services on earth has earned her. It was perhaps a decree of fate that through weak and frail from the onslaughts of disease, she should be spared to reach her eighty-third anniversary, and just before the dawn of the morning of the natal day of her existence eighty-three years ago, all that was immortal of this good woman took flight into Eternal Glory and entered the fold of her Lord whom she delighted to serve and honor during her long and useful life.
Mrs. Feltner's health began to fail perceptibly soon after the death of her husband last April but her condition did not become critical until last fall, However, from the early inception of her indisposition it was apparent that recovery was impossible.
The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church at 10 o'clock A. M., on Friday, conducted by Rev. H. W. Cummings, after which the remains were conveyed to Lake City and interred in the family burying ground where Mr. Feltner was laid to rest ten months ago.
Mary A. Winters was born near Charleston, in Coles county, Illinois, January 28, 1832; died in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, January 28, 1915, aged 83 years. She was married to Archibald Feltner on June 23, 1851, and had her husband been spared two months longer they would have celebrated their sixty-third anniversary of wedded life. Eleven children blessed the union. Four died in infancy, three in later years, and four survive - one son and three daughters - Arch Feltner, Mrs. Mary Brown, Greenup, Illinois; Mrs. Mattie Kencheloe, Rocky Ford, Colorado, and Mrs. Julia Mathews of this city who was her consistent comforter during her illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Feltner came to Barber county in the early 80's and though their lives were journeying down the western slope, they were buoyant with vigor and hope and energy and contributed in a very large measure to the conquering of the prairies and converting them into gardens of bounteous plenty and beauty. Above all else, they practiced their Christianity in the every-day affairs of life. They had long been affiliated with the church, not as a matter of formality or popularity, but because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and it was a pleasure to them to so live that it was not difficult for their associates to perceive that they were a couple who in truth lived close to the Divine Master.
While both have lived unto a ripe old age they will be sadly missed by those who knew them best and loved them so devotedly. Yet there comes that sublime consolation that their work is finished and the victory is theirs.
The friends of the sorrowing son and daughters sympathize with them in the earthly separation but rejoice with them that they are blessed with such parentage.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank the many kind friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted during the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. A. Feltner. We also want to express our appreciation for the numerous beautiful floral tributes.
Mrs. J. D. Mathews, and Relatives.
Obituary: Frank Feltner, son of Archable & Mary Feltner.
Thanks to Kim Fowles for providing the above photos and to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above obituaries for this web site!